Presidency to honour SMEs, civil servants, others for delivering reforms in government agencies

Satisfied by the successful delivery of reforms and accomplishments in the ease of doing business interventions, the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC) has unveiled plans to reward small and medium enterprises (SMEs) owners, civil servants, and other relevant government officials who took part in the process.

The Special Adviser to the President on Ease of Doing Business in Nigeria, Dr. Jumoke Oduwole, who disclosed this yesterday in Abuja at a world press conference, stated that the officials will be rewarded at an event titled “The Future is Here.”

She said the play, set to be held on the 1st and 2nd of October, is to appreciate critical stakeholders on the successful delivery of reforms and accomplishments in the ease of doing business interventions.

Oduwole noted that the play is a gamut of business reforms designed to create awareness, further communicate and engage a target audience in celebration of Nigeria’s Independence Day.

She said: “The Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council was launched in 2016 and they have been working for the last six years on enabling a reform of the environment across the country.

“Now, in a six-year period, we have done quite a number of reforms for small and medium enterprises, and men and women who have helped deliver these reforms are none other than our public and civil servants across ministries, departments, and agencies, at all arms and levels of government.

“So we have both federal government agencies, we work with state governments and local governments; we also work with all arms of government; we work with the National Assembly and the Judiciary.
“As we all know, Nigeria’s Independence is on the 1st of October, and this year, to celebrate Independence Day, PEBEC is staging a play production on the 1st and 2nd of October. We have four shows, two on the 1st and two on the 2nd, and the reason why we are doing this is that we feel it is important to celebrate men and women who have delivered the reforms we have been able to accomplish so far in the ease of doing business interventions.

“We also want to celebrate our indefatigable entrepreneurs, the MSMEs, who have been working tirelessly to make a living and etch their living through entrepreneurship across the country.”

Oduwole, who briefed members of the press in company of Mr. Ayokunnu Ojeniyi, the Project Manager of EBES, noted that: “The future here focuses on the narrative of a future that we can collaboratively create a future riding on the government’s reforms, the future of our dream! This is the future that we seek! The future, where the government’s numerous reforms smile at everyone; A future with no artificial barricade;

“A future where everyone can do business with ease. A future built by the strength of our hands and by the resolve of the collective will of the people! One people, one nation, handmaids of God’s creation, the future is here!

“The future is here is an excellent musical that creates awareness for government reforms to create an enabling environment for SMEs and the resolve of the people, a new tribe to do what is right,” she added.

Oduwole, went further to unveil activities lined up for the fourth quarter of 2022 including the 2nd PEBEC Report which, she disclosed, would take place mid October and PEBEC performance Award for December 1.
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